JimW-203

JimW-203

Lives in United States Tarpon Springs, FL, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Jun 4, 2011
About me:

I have been doing photography since the early 50s while in school and later traveling the world in a variety of positions in the government and private industry. Moved from Boston to Florida in 1988; first, St. Petersburg then Orlando, and now, Tarpon Springs.

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I can see a return to the days of Dodge City and Wyatt Earp... A sign at the door that says: "Film Only, Check Your Pixels Here."

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 20:53 UTC as 14th comment

Among the long list of alternatives, one might add one of the longest-running entries: Picture Window Pro (now on 7) a Windows-only offering that has been around since 1993. One may download a fully operational and complete copy free as 30 day trial. See: http://dl-c.com/
For a more complete summary of its capabilities from Norman Koren, a professional-level user of the program, see: http://www.normankoren.com/PWP_intro.html
For those in the Boulder Colorado area now til September 30, 2016, and exhibition of his work is on display at the National Center for Atmospheric Research; if you like landscapes, check it out. While a professional-level user, his profession is very heavily embedded in the realm of imaging sciences. See: http://www.imatest.com/ and within it - http://www.imatest.com/about/#Team

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 05:03 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
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Pitchertaker: So you give me something for free but I'm not allowed to sell it?

You may borrow a book from a library, but that gives you no right to sell it. Also, is it your contention that Getty Images represents the Library of Congress and the people of the United States? Were they in any way acting as an arm of the library? If so, where's our cut?

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 06:37 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (362 comments in total)
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JosephScha: Re: "So which one should you buy?" Really? Is that the purpose of the info presented on dpreview? I hope not. Using phrases like that will bring out all the people who think Amazon has influenced content, to say "see? See? I told you so!".

Other than supporting buying decisions, what rationale should lead an organization to publish product reviews and comparisons? Even a publication such as Consumer Reports that proudly proclaims its non-commercial and unbiased reportage still acknowledges its audience as Consumers. (even though I have never taken their reviews of cameras too seriously)

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 19:47 UTC
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Skyscape: I'm betting that greater than 98% of the "photographers" existing now wouldn't have the slightest idea how to produce a good photo with this camera.

"How many autofocus points does it have?"

"OMG OMG the images are not super-razor sharp!" We all know the definition of a good photo is sharpness now.

"Does it shoot 4K video?"

"Where do you insert the memory card and battery?"

"Can I return it to the seller if, after 'testing' the camera I find the lens to have some silly 'flaws' that only I can see because I am a super-professional photographer that requires their lenses to be NASA-quality perfect, so as to shoot flowers and brick walls in my back yard."

"I don't know why sharpness has become the most important thing nowadays."
Because, I believe, it is one of the few things about a photograph that can be quantified and a numerical value applied. I cannot recall anyone ever saying to me "that image produces 79% more emotional content than this one." It may actually insulate the observer from ever having to express a feeling.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 18:42 UTC
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Skyscape: I'm betting that greater than 98% of the "photographers" existing now wouldn't have the slightest idea how to produce a good photo with this camera.

"How many autofocus points does it have?"

"OMG OMG the images are not super-razor sharp!" We all know the definition of a good photo is sharpness now.

"Does it shoot 4K video?"

"Where do you insert the memory card and battery?"

"Can I return it to the seller if, after 'testing' the camera I find the lens to have some silly 'flaws' that only I can see because I am a super-professional photographer that requires their lenses to be NASA-quality perfect, so as to shoot flowers and brick walls in my back yard."

"Skyscape - I'm betting that greater than 98% of the "photographers" existing now wouldn't have the slightest idea how to produce a good photo with this camera."
Somewhat funny (to me at least) that so many "like" the idea that readers here might admit to their inability to use what is, in reality, a very simple camera. To think, for decades users of this type of camera were able to produce some of the most memorable images of the twentieth century.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 17:38 UTC
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Rand52: I have a one-owner Nikon FTN black body with the separate motor drive (had to be fitted to the unit) like the one used in the movie "Z" in the 60's. It has the cloth shutter as well so maybe they are not as rare as people think. I got mine in 1969. I know that they only made a few of the motor drive models at the time. Serial # 7126083

Not quite: see http://www.destoutz.ch/typ_production_data_f.html

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 17:28 UTC
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Turbguy1: ...and you can mount ANY F mount lens ever sold (not that they would all work)...

Gosh, I HATED that removable back...always made it clumsy to load.

I know of ZERO Fs with flip backs. Perhaps later some later extensions of the F line did, but not the F (with no additional letter or number). Over a span of 20 years I bought 7 Fs and was an early test-user for the F2; never longed for a flip back - it was my experience that led me to expect more trouble with misalignment, twisting, and uneven film plate pressure with flip backs.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 21:44 UTC
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Turbguy1: ...and you can mount ANY F mount lens ever sold (not that they would all work)...

Gosh, I HATED that removable back...always made it clumsy to load.

But, it made it incredibly flexible; the range of motor drives and large capacity backs extended its usefulness exponentially. These would have been much more difficult with a flip back

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 16:19 UTC
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noflashplease: It's worth remembering that all of the American press was heavily censored during Second World War. If an enterprising investigative reporter had discovered the incorrect name attribution at the time, it wouldn't have made it to press.

The real lesson here is that we shouldn't idealize the past. We are the living in the "Greatest Generation."

How many of your nouveau "Greatest Generation" would be willing to undertake the hardships and dangers of WWII?

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 17:05 UTC
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Jan Itor: As the photo is a remake of the real event, it's all fake anyway

@Jan Itor: So you think the marines raising the second flag - the one Joe Rosenthal happened to photograph - were is any less danger on Iwo Jima?
Do you really believe they were Hollywood actors flown in to have their photo taken raising the flag? Do you have any idea of how many Marines gave their lives to allow that photo to be taken? 6800 Marines died with 26,000 casualties during five weeks of intense and bloody battle. Or, do think that was a fake too?

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 17:00 UTC

For those who would like greater depth and detail, see:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/295711
Be prepared, it's long and very engrossing.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 08:54 UTC as 5th comment
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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deep7: The rate of comments on this news story suggest Hasselblad may well sell a good number of these cameras - and they deserve to! Great design, competitive price, proven sensor. I really like what they have done.

The two current lenses fall into focal length "holes" for me, though I understand many people are happy with the field of view of that 45mm. However, I like the balance of size/speed they have chosen.

My own preferences run to smaller bodies with zoom lenses but I do like the idea of heading out for the day with one of these and a 60-65mm lens and just having fun. It will be interesting to see how lens development proceeds.

If I heard the statement correctly, Perry Oostling stated that they have already sold out the planned production for the balance of the year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tah8tiFLBZc
It's a long video and it doesn't start until about 15 minutes in.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 22:55 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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VictorDB: OK not hugely technically exciting from my point of view its a Fujica 690 with an EV instead of a rangefinder and so in my dotage here's another, mmm...that would be nice to have but how much is it and the lenses and just like the 690 for 30 years I'll wonder if I ever needed one (I used a Yashica TLR for MF). Also XCD lenses means no current legacy options. Definitely want to play with one but sure can't afford one. What happened to clever pixels and what game exactly is it changing? Lets see the DPR review which I'm now waiting for with bated breath.

When was the last MF DPR review? I think you may be in for a very long wait. Regarding legacy lenses: does adaptable count? If so, according to the announcement from Hasselblad, every lens that will work on the current V system cameras will work. Also, any lens with leaf shutter that will cover the sensor will likely work if an adapter can be fashioned that will match the flange distance and electronics.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 22:47 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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ScanSpeak: So is this a full frame sensor?

Please excuse my confusion. Having never heard of a FF medium format sensor, I was obviously lagging in keeping abreast of the rapidly changing language of technology. I was also unable to sense the intent of the OP when asking if the sensor was FF - foolish of me, I know. Perhaps there just weren't enough lines to read between.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 22:19 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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deep7: The rate of comments on this news story suggest Hasselblad may well sell a good number of these cameras - and they deserve to! Great design, competitive price, proven sensor. I really like what they have done.

The two current lenses fall into focal length "holes" for me, though I understand many people are happy with the field of view of that 45mm. However, I like the balance of size/speed they have chosen.

My own preferences run to smaller bodies with zoom lenses but I do like the idea of heading out for the day with one of these and a 60-65mm lens and just having fun. It will be interesting to see how lens development proceeds.

@rrccad: what did you do with the one you used to have?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 21:41 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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teddoman: Will there be an autofocus adapter so I can use my Hasselblad E mount lenses? ;)

Would your E mount lenses cover a sensor that is 44X33mm?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 21:06 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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BostonC: $9k for the body sans shutter that you buy separately (leaf shutter in the new lenses . or adapter)
The mount opening seems tight relative the sensor diameter, so no IBIS down the road.

Perhaps sensor size and mass is an even larger hurdle in the path of IBIS; the body would have to get much bigger very quickly. Moving a sensor of this size in 5 directions as rapidly as required would mean a substantial heat sink and associated mechanics.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 21:03 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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ScanSpeak: So is this a full frame sensor?

@Dr_Jon: Digital to film sizes = apples and oranges; of all digital camera sensors I have ever seen only FF has a 1:1 correlation to 35mm film. What you say is true; however, wildbild referred to sensor dimensions and quoted no FF sensor size I recognized. Thus, my question of where the dimensions came from remains.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 20:49 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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Johannes Leitner: So who is the first who builds an adaptor with integrated leaf shutter for Canon, Nikon, or Schneider tilt shift lenses ?

Would those lenses cover the sensor? If so, would they have the excess needed to make the tilt/shift meaningful?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 19:45 UTC
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